Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 1 September 2018 4:03 PM
Although a nice relief from the cold winter weather, spring for our pets often brings with it a side effect of allergies, and annoying insects and parasites. Whether it is a parasite, pain or skin condition, there are many reasons for your dog to scratch or chew itself. Before referring to ‘Dr Google’ and misdiagnosing your dog’s health problem, it is best to seek medical advice from your Veterinary team.

Unfortunately, there is not always an underlying medical reason causing your dog to scratch and chew itself.  Dogs can and do suffer from obsessive compulsive behavioural problems, and this may lead to them scratching and licking to excess. However, more commonly and similar to people biting their nails or twirling their hair, your dog’s constant scratching and licking can be a sign of anxiety. This may be due to fear, stress or a lack of...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 2 August 2018 12:00 AM
Do you have a pet at home whose pearly whites are not as pearly and white as they should be? Or whose breath is a just a tad stinky or a whole lot stinky?  They could be suffering from a well hidden disease…. dental disease!

Don’t worry if you do, you are not alone. Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see here at the clinic with close to 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats having some degree of dental disease by the young age of 2! We are going to let you know the in’s and out’s of dental disease so you can help to keep your pet smiling…. So keep reading!


By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 12:00 AM

Have you ever tried brushing your pet’s teeth? It definitely is a difficult task when your pet dislikes the experience. Luckily there are plenty of alternative ways to keep your dogs teeth clean, that does not involve distressing your pet. Please speak to our Veterinary Nurses to discuss options that would best suit you and your pet.

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 6 July 2018 6:22 AM
While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries, they are at greater risk of becoming overweight due to the lack of exercise. Providing your indoor cat with an enriched environment will increase physical activity and maintain a lean body weight. Here are some ideas to increase exercise for your indoor cat.

1. Walking outside on a lead and harness

Take your indoor cat outside to enjoy the sunshine while you hang the washing out or for a bit of one-on-one time together. Ensure your cat is secured with a harness and lead so he/she does not run away or chase any wildlife. Your cat will love the fresh air while getting some exercise.

2. Vertical Exercise

Cats love to climb and hide at high levels. Climbing is a great form of exercise for your indoor cat and provides great stimulation....
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 1 July 2018 12:36 PM
Winter time is here – that time of the year where we all seem to add a bit of extra food or treats to our beloved pooch’s bowls to ‘help keep them warm at night’! But have you had a close look at your furry friend - do they seem to be carrying around a little extra baggage? Do they seem to struggle with their breathing after walking around? Is their arthritis playing up more than normal? Or, have you noticed that their ribs can’t be seen when you look at them from afar? Obesity is a problem both young and old pets can face, especially if we are overfeeding or not feeding the best type of food. It can reduce your pet’s life span by an average of two years! Obesity in cats and dogs also increases the risk for many diseases. 

These diseases include:

Arthritis and joint issues Diabetes Breathing difficulties Heart problems Surgery complications Anaesthesia complications Constipation...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:33 PM
With this cold weather here, you may start to notice your older pets becoming stiff and sore as the signs of  set in. Just like us, as we get older ( and the dreaded cooler weather hits), arthritis can sneak up on our pets. You may not have realised – just like with us, pets can have physical therapy to help relieve the pain and prevent the progression of arthritis.

One of our lovely nurses Amy has studied physical therapy and has come up with some simple exercises you can do with your pet at home to help to prevent the progression of arthritis.  And with the help of Amy’s beautiful Labrador Zara, we have created some videos to help demonstrate these easy techniques.

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Monday, 4 June 2018 8:37 AM

Brr..... It’s starting to feel like winter!

Now is the time for us to snuggle up in front of the fire place wearing our dressing gowns and uggboots,  sipping on warm hot chocolate. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?! ……but we can’t forget about our fur babies outside!  Especially our senior ones!  

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 1 June 2018 1:20 PM
As dogs age a number of changes occur to their body, mind and personality. Here are some tips for all you fellow senior dog owners to help your arthritic dog feel emotionally happier throughout the cold miserable winter months…

Rather than skipping your dogs daily walk on the cold rainy days, feed his/her breakfast/diner in a food ball to encourage walking. Walking will also help to lubricate arthritic joints. Food puzzles help to stimulate the mind if walking is difficult. As warmth brightens the spirit, keep your dog cosy and warm by allowing him/her to sleep/rest inside out of the weather. Outdoors, position your dog’s bed near the back door, for a view of the...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Wednesday, 2 May 2018 3:06 PM

Do you have a pet who is 7 years or older? Did you know that dogs and cats are considered a senior pet from the age of 7?  As our pets grow old it is important that we give them a little extra love and care, as their bodies and immune systems are not what they used to be. Simple day to day things like; a good diet, gentle and regular exercise, comfort and warmth during the cooler months and disease prevention will help your pet live a long and happy life.


Here are some things to think about with your senior...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 3:04 PM
Is your pet blind or does he/she have limited eye sight? Pets’ may be blind or lose eye sight for multiple reasons. They may be born blind, their eye sight may deteriorate with age, or they may become blind due to a medical condition or old age. Here are some ways you can assist your pet living with limited or no eye site.

Firstly if you suspect your pet is going blind, visit a vet for an examination to establish the reason for this. There may be treatment available to delay the blindness or you may get some valuable information on the condition your pet may have. Keep daily routines and furniture the same at home and don’t leave items on the ground that don’t belong (like the washing basket). Although pets have an incredible ability to adapt to change, despite limited or no eye sight, they will appreciate your assistance. Keep your pet safe from hazards and startling encounters. Be aware of other pets or children running up to greet your visually impaired pet. Intervene as they get...

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